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Benefits of Conservation Planning

Why is Conservation Planning Important?

Conservation planning is important because it is a crucial element of sustainable development and helps to conserve natural resources.  Conservation planning also helps landowners, communities, and planners work together to identify their resources and accomplish multiple objectives that are best for the land, water, and people.  

Conservation planning is just one kind of planning - planning in general is a good idea, as it helps you to know where you are, where you would like to be, and how to best get there.  Conservation planning is also an economically wise option in natural resource management at any scale.

Below are three examples of implementation of conservation plans that include stream bank restoration activities with objectives of habitat development and property protection.

Streambank restoration activities that demonstrate multiple benefits.

A conservation plan can work to reverse damage to existing environments by helping the land help itself.  There are many ways to prevent erosion like in these examples below. A conservationist would work with a landowner to plan for real-life, practical solutions that would help preserve the soil resource, protect water quality, and maintain farm viability.  (link to find out about conservation plan elements like buffers and conservation practices).

Examples of areas with soil erosion.

Conservation Planning is beneficial to multiple generations, providing not simply a quick land use solution, but also an opportunity for education.  Good conservation planning also includes a vision for the future of the natural resources as well.  The photos below show conservation activities with the NH Conservation Districts and NH NRCS partnership, such as the Envirothon (far left), outreach activities (center), and soil judging (far right). Visit our Conservation Education web site for more information on what activities we have.

Conservation education activities in New Hampshire

Learn more about Conservation Planning and the 9-step process.